An inspired spell of fast bowling from all-rounder Deandra Dottin spared West Indies Women blushes, as they defeated Bangladesh by 60 runs in their opening encounter of the 1CC Twenty20 World Cup at Providence, Guyana, tonight.
Batting first after being inserted, West Indies Women were restricted to 106 for 8 in their 20 overs in the face of penetrative bowling and good fielding by the Lady Tigers. In response, Bangladesh were bundled out for a paltry 46 in 14.4 overs. Bowling at a brisk, direct pace, Dottin finished with the astonishing figures of 5 for 6 runs in 3.4 overs. Four of Dottin’s victims were bowled while the other was caught and bowled.
Opening the batting in a World Cup match together for the first time, newly appointed vice-captain Hayley Matthews and Dottin did not get the team off to the best start. Both were back in the pavilion by the third over. Matthews mistimed a lofted drive off Jahanara Alam and was brilliantly caught at a deep extra cover by a diving Lata Mondal for 6. The batters crossed and with the next delivery Dottin failed to keep a cut off a wide delivery on the ground and was caught at point by Fahima Khatun for 8.
The procession continued with wickets tumbling opposite the end occupied by captain Stafanie Taylor. Realising that the eventual total would depend a lot on her she paced herself well and eliminated risky strokes. Her importance became even more amplified as Natasha McLean was yorked by Rumana Ahmed for 11, Shemaine Campbelle was given out lbw for one to Salma Khatun. She didn’t review the decision but replays showed she was hit outside the line of the off-stump. Number six Britney Cooper did not last long either. She made eight before being caught at long-on. When she left the field the score was at 50 for 5 and the West Indies in serious turmoil.
However, batting at number 7, wicketkeeper Kycia Knight provided Taylor with much appreciated assistance. They took the score to 87 before Taylor was dismissed for 29 in the 18th over. Not much batting was left but Knight battled on until she reached the final over. She then attempted hit down the ground and this resulted in her wicket. The best of the bowlers was Alam with 3 for 23 while Ahmed took 2 for 16.
The response from the Bangladeshis was a disaster from start to finish. Their innings was a steady procession with no batter giving any indication of permanency. After Selman and Taylor accounted for the openers Shamima Sultana and Ayasha Rahman, as well as the number 3 Alam, it was time for the Deandra Dottin show.
Taylor employed a field that was heavily defensive but still with some attacking positions. When Dottin got the ball she sent Fargana Hoque and Nigar Sultana back to the pavilion in her first over, the first caught and bowled, the latter bowled. Dottin proved irresistible, also dismantling the stumps of Ahmed and Mondal as Sri Lanka quickly folded. Dottin was ably assisted in the demolition job with Shakera Selman capturing 2 for 12. None of the batters got into double figures.
Afterward, Taylor expressed gratitude at the victory but was not pleased about her team’s batting performance.
“I think a lot of them might be having a heart attack at the halfway stage. Not the best of batting performance. But it’s good that we came out in the second part and we finished the game. I think the batting, the shot selection wasn’t good. And I have to give it to the Bangladesh team, they bowled excellently.
“They got early wickets and I think that for me, going out there, I tried not to think about myself, tried to get a competitive total on the board. At a point, I was talking to my partner saying we need to get 110, 115, try to milk it and hopefully we can go big in the end overs. There was no doubt in my bowling attack. I’m pretty confident in that area. My bowlers could come out and defend any runs. Deandra Dottin, she’s just excellent, getting five wickets, she was trying for the sixth one, didn’t work out. We want to improve our batting. I know what we can do. We can hit boundaries at any time but just at the top, we need to rotate the strike a bit more,” Taylor said.
After her record World Cup wickets-haul, Dottin said she was always confident of her team doing well in the match.
“Of course I was confident. Even before the first hour finished, no matter what total we put up on the board, we are strong enough to defend it. That’s the good thing with being an allrounder, if you don’t pick up with the bat, you pick up with the ball. The low total that we had, I knew that I had to bowl wicket to wicket. There weren’t any concerns. We know the batters we have in the dugout. We knew we could get a good total. Of course, we were pleased with the crowd and we would like them to continue supporting us,” Player of the Match Dottin said.